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Community Mental Health Nurse

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum
Closing date
27 Sep 2022

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Come and join us at 'Baird House ' Community Mental Health Hub. We are a working towards delivering a contemporary mental health service that offers excellent standards of care and meaningful interventions.

You will be expected to deliver high quality, recovery-focused mental health interventions to a vulnerable client group. This may range from a brief therapeutic intervention to a complex package of care. There is an expectation that our practitioners have (or are willing to undertake) training to deliver psychologically informed interventions, both 1-1 and group based. We also require our practitioners to be motivated and interested in using data and digital solutions to inform their practice.

This is a wonderful opportunity for someone who is interested in developing as a practitioner and person, development opportunities will be available, and supervision will be provided.

Main duties of the job

Come and join us at 'Baird House' Community Mental Health Hub. We pride ourselves on delivering exceptional mental health care and are looking for skilled, enthusiastic and passionate clinicians to join our fantastic team.

This job is an excellent opportunity for new qualified nurses to develop their skills learned in training and to move forward with an exciting career with lots of opportunities for the future.

You will be expected to deliver high quality, recovery-focused mental health interventions to a vulnerable client group. This may be brief or crisis interventions for those needing support and treatment for only a short time in their lives or longer term therapeutic input for others.

Change is constant within NHS services, so we are looking for people who are adaptable to enable us to deliver high quality, sustainable services. We want leaders in our team who are willing to take the lead on service-improvement projects.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Job description Job responsibilities


To coordinate the care of service users carrying out assessment planning, implementation and evaluation of their care under the guidelines of the care programme approach and under the supervision of the line manager

To ensure that the service users care plan is developed to meet the assessed need of the individual and that unqualified staff are delivering care as laid down in the care plan.

To liaise with family members, carers and significant others when completing the assessment and developing a care plan.

To develop a risk management plan for service users, taking note of the contributions from other members of the team. Ensure that all significant people are aware of the risk management plan and are actioning it appropriately.

To direct unqualified staff in order to ensure delivery of a high standard of care to service users.

To participate in setting standards for care based on sound evidence based and research findings.

To participate in the systematic monitoring and evaluation of service users that you have responsibility for with guidance from a supervisor.

To communicate with other members of the multi-disciplinary team to ensure the communication of any relevant information which has an impact on the service users care.

To use verbal and non-verbal communication skills gained through training or experience to impart sensitive information.

To check understanding of information where there are often barriers to effective communications due to distress, psychiatric symptoms or where English is not the first language.

To use skills gained through training and experience to give and receive information to other individuals with regards to a service users care in the reviews and multi-disciplinary meetings. These individuals may be external to the Trust.

To have knowledge of the Mental Health Act / Mental Capacity Act and other relevant legislation. To support services users and their carers when the Mental Health Act is being used to admit the service user to hospital. To ensure that service user rights under the Mental Health Act are effectively communicated to them and outcomes documented.

To provide and co-ordinate the provision of a range of therapeutic activities for service users and monitor their effectiveness.

To take responsibility for the safe administration of medication to service users ensuring that the Trust policies and procedures and the Nursing & Midwifery Councils regulations are adhered to.

To ensure that all relevant information with regards to a service users care and treatment is documented accurately and legibly into the health record. To supervise and monitor the entries made by unqualified staff.

To under the guidance of a supervisor provide reports both in written and verbal formats as requested e.g. for a service user Mental Health Act Tribunal or Managers Hearing.

To contribute to teaching sessions in order to pass on knowledge and skills.

To use skills gained through training and experience to de-escalate situations where service users become physically or verbally aggressive.

To ensure that unqualified staff members get appropriate support following violent or other untoward incidents.

To ensure that all incidents or near misses are documented as per Trust policy and that any follow up action is taken.

To actively participate in service user reviews ensuring that service user needs are met and that the team has all the relevant information on which to base their clinical decisions.

To develop care plans that enable service users to reach and maintain their optimum level of health and independence to help them to remain in the community in their chosen setting.

To react pro-actively in cases of service user crisis and put in place immediate plans to resolve the situation with supervision and guidance as appropriate.

To assist in the assessment and supervision of nursing and other students.

To assess and monitor the physical and mental health of service users, seeking advice and support from medical staff as appropriate.

To actively participate in team meetings in order to positively influence team working and the development of research based practice.


To be responsible for maintaining own professional registration and PREP requirements.

To provide an effective link between mental health services and primary care, acting in an advisory capacity to professionals in other fields.

To develop effective working relationships with other professional outside of the Trust in order to enhance the delivery of care to service users.

To participate as a supervisor and supervisee in the Divisional performance management / supervision framework. Work towards and help others work towards goals and objectives as agreed in personal development plans.

To take responsibility for maintaining and developing own knowledge and sills within own area of work.

To attend, as appropriate, courses and conferences, and to feedback and share knowledge, gained from attendance.

To be professionally accountable for own actions as a registered practitioner.

To act, at all times, in accordance with Trust policies and procedures, ensuring that unqualified staff are adhering to policy and procedure.

To undertake mandatory training as identified by the Trust and ensure that all actions are in line with training.

To keep up to date with developments in professional practice and make recommendations for change to senior staff, as appropriate.

To take and active role in the reporting of adverse incidents as per Trust policy. Ensure that junior staff follow the policy and appropriately report all incidents.

To seek advice and further training, if appropriate, before carrying out any duty.

To actively participate in the preceptorship process, working towards fulfilling any action plans, as agreed with the supervisor, and seeking advice and support to enhance skills and develop expertise.


To adhere to the Trusts right based approach taking into account service user choice.

To take reasonable care for the health and safety of yourself and any others that may be affected by your acts and omissions at work.

To ensure that you are familiar with the terms and conditions of your post.

To take responsibility for identifying, reporting and managing environmental risk as necessary e.g. liaison with facilities. To participate in service development as required

Person Specification QUALIFICATIONS Essential
  • Appropriate professional qualification RMN AHP Social Worker
  • Degree
  • Evidence of post registration study
  • Approved training in phlebotomy
  • Experience of working with a range of people with mental health problems.
  • A demonstrated understanding of Equality and Human Rights
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team
Knowledge/Skills Essential
  • Able to communicate effectively
  • Possess good listening and negotiation skills
  • Ability to work as a member of a team
  • Be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge base regarding:
  • Effective Care Co-ordination
  • Care Planning and evaluation
  • Quality and clinical audit
  • Health & Safety/Risk Management Mental Health Act
  • Demonstrate a good knowledge of the Code of Conduct and the nurse's responsibility to identify gaps in their knowledge base
  • Demonstrate knowledge in the concepts of mentorship, preceptorship and supervision
  • Appreciate the process of standard setting and audit

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